Charismatic Casa de Campo

This 7,000-acre slice of Caribbean paradise is not exactly hidden, nor is it a secret. Yet somehow Casa de Campo flies slightly under the radar—likely due to the privacy that its expanse affords. Regulars such as Michael Jordan, Drake, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Jeter, and Alicia Keys no doubt prefer to keep it that way, lest their favorite villa, hotel suite, or poolside cabana be usurped.

It’s not easy to categorize Casa de Campo. Known to insiders as the “Hamptons of the Dominican Republic,” this playground of the rich and famous is a luxury resort—and a very large one, at that—with all the requisite pools and beaches. It is home to some of the Caribbean’s most sumptuous residences, many of which are available to rent. It’s a bucket-list golf retreat. It’s a world-class equestrian center, a venue for concerts by some of the music industry’s biggest names, and a marina at which luxury yachts are moored. It’s fine dining and boutique shopping. It’s merengue-inducing. Add a warm and welcoming staff, and Casa de Campo becomes greater than the sum of its following parts.

Minitas Beach

BEACH & POOL
The centrally located Minitas Beach offers snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and palm-shaded oceanfront lounge chairs in multitudes that make the 7 a.m. towel-drape “save” unnecessary. The adjacent Minitas Beach Club features an infinity pool, cabanas, and a new bar and restaurant from which it’s hard to imagine a better sunset view. A stunning new family pool also graces the beachfront. Not a sand fan? The inland resort is home to two tranquility pools, one with a swim-up bar and each surrounded by shaded cabanas.

Infinity pool at Minitas Beach Club

GOLF
Every golfer dreams of playing Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog course, rated number one in the Caribbean. Designed by the famed Pete Dye and featuring seven holes spectacularly situated directly along the aqua waters of the Caribbean Sea, its setting is breathtaking. Two additional courses round out the golf options, as well as a new state-of-the-art Golf Learning Center: a PGA Tour–quality facility with two indoor hitting bays, practice greens, and an outdoor range.

Teeth of the Dog golf course

POLO, TRAIL RIDES, SKEET, AND TENNIS
Learn to play polo—“the sport of kings”—with private or group training at Casa de Campo’s first-class Equestrian Center. (For those content to cheer from the sidelines, be sure to catch the competitive polo competition season, from early November through April.) Take a trail ride near lakes teeming with flora and fauna. Shoot skeet, sporting clays, and pigeon rings at the 245-acre Shooting Centre, which is considered one of the best shooting facilities in the world. Play tennis at the 13-court La Terraza Tennis Center, dubbed the “Wimbledon of the Caribbean.”

Casa de Campo’s Equestrian Center

SIGHTS
Ogle the luxury yachts at the Marina while shopping for luxury goods within the Portofino-style plaza. Due North is Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo’s splendid replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village that overlooks the Chavón River. This cultural center for residents, tourists, and working artists features cobblestone streets, an archeological museum, a charming church, and a 5,000-seat Grecian style amphitheater at which Sting, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Elton John, U2, and Andrea Bocelli, among others, have performed. (Frank Sinatra was the opening-night performer in 1982.)

Altos de Chavón

DINING
Eight world-class restaurants make this a “no repeat” resort when it comes to dining options. Choose Casa de Campo’s all-inclusive package and dine at your leisure at varied options, which include the Marina-based Pubbelly Sushi serving Japanese classics, the French-inspired La Caña Bar & Restaurant overlooking the main resort pool, the Altos de Chavón–based La Piazzetta serving authentic Italian cuisine with a side of live music provided by its strolling quartet, and the resort’s newest offering, Chilango Restaurant, a fun, contemporary taquería that is also in Altos de Chavón.
Last but not least, one of the most enjoyable aspects of a Casa de Campo stay is the gleeful, open-air freedom afforded by the fire-engine-red golf cart provided with each accommodation. This Disney Autopia–like amenity—necessary for traversing the entirety of the property—makes everyone feel like a child again, and alone is worth a visit.

La Piazzetta

For more information about Casa de Campo or for bookings, please visit casadecampo.com.do or call 877.724.9187.